What do I do if I think my student has a concussion?

If you think a student might have sustained a concussion and the student shows any of the Red Flags, call 911 immediately and notify the student’s parent or guardian.

If the student does not have any Red Flags:

  • Notify the parent or guardian
  • Monitor for Red Flags and signs of a concussion until a responsible adult arrives to pick up the student
  • Do not leave the student alone
  • Do not let the student return to activities
  • Do not let the student drive or ride a bike

It is important to know that any advice or directions given to the student at this time might not be remembered.

Concussion Response Tool

The Concussion Response Tool was developed to assist in the recognition and response to concussions. You can use the first two pages to guide and document your response to a concussion at the time of the incident. The third page provides important information for the parent or guardian.

The Concussion Response Tool can also serve as an important communication tool for sharing information from the scene of the incident. Note that it does not replace school incident reports that must be completed.

Concussion Response Tool – fillable PDF

For more information on responding to a concussion take the Concussion Awareness Course for School Professionals.

Red Flag Symptoms

If your student shows any of the following Red Flag Symptoms call 911 immediately.

  • Neck pain
  • Increased confusion or irritability
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Weakness in arms/legs
  • Tingling or burning in arms/legs
  • Deteriorating consciousness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Change in behavior
  • Double vision